Craig Revel Horwood has revealed that his experience of winning the celebrity conducting show Maestro could make him an even tougher judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

The star – who is known for his notoriously catty comments on the show – beat mathematician Marcus du Satoy in the finale of the BBC2 show, but said he had no idea how difficult it would be.

“Oh my God it was horrendously difficult. I thought it was going to be virtually impossible to become a conductor in such a short space of time,” he said.

“I thought because of my dance background it was going to be easy but I was so wrong, because as a dancer you dance on the beat, you are trained your entire life to always being on the beat, but as a conductor you have to think ahead of the beat and hear the music in your head.”

Craig eventually triumphed after both he and Marcus performed with the Royal Opera House orchestra and then let the musicians decide the winner.

And he admitted that the experience gave him an idea how nervous the celebrities can become on Strictly.

“I know a lot of celebrities go on these shows and say ‘It’s changed my life’ like on Strictly Come Dancing and I never quite understood it, but now I certainly understand why, it’s something new you can invest in,” he said.

“It might make me tougher on Strictly. What it will do is make me empathise a little bit with them but my opinion is my opinion and nothing is going to change that”.